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Health experts raise red flags over soaring influenza cases

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*Parents advised to keep a close watch on their children

*Seek prompt medical care if symptoms persist

Colombo, May 14 (Daily Mirror) - In the wake of the rising influenza cases at an unusual rate, health experts are urging the public to beware of symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

Speaking to Daily Mirror, Dr. Deepal Perera, a Paediatrician at the Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital in Colombo said, it’s vastly prevalent among children and thus the parents are advised to keep a close watch on their children.

“There are usually two peaks of influenza namely November to February and April to July,” he stated.

“This time, we have seen a substantial rise in cases among children and adults as well. The cases have doubled during the last week alone. As of now, the predominant type is influenza A. However, influenza B is also prevalent,” he pointed out.

In light of the situation, the expert stressed the importance of seeking prompt medical care if the symptoms persist.

Groups susceptible to influenza-like illnesses include pregnant mothers, children under two years old, individuals aged 60 and above, and those with chronic diseases.

The Secretary to the Health Ministry had earlier advised the national influenza centre to enhance Influenza-like Illness Surveillance at 20 hospitals including Colombo, Ragama, Kalubowila, Negombo Hospitals, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children and Infectious Disease Hospital.

Accordingly, samples are directed to the national influenza laboratory on a daily basis.


  Comments - 15

  • Sambo Tuesday, 14 May 2024 06:24 AM

    Better get back to the mask

    Jagath Leanage Tuesday, 14 May 2024 06:24 AM

    When get infected almost like dead . So painful and body aches with head aches .

    Citizen Tuesday, 14 May 2024 06:37 AM

    There is a vaccine folks. Available in the private sector. Why isn't it mentioned??

    Rip Winkle Tuesday, 14 May 2024 07:04 AM

    Yeah, yeah! Scare the public into seeking medical help for everything to fill your pockets. Next thing someone knows, s/he is referred to a specialist who will insist on sticking stents (which they themselves import) into her/him and prescribe expensive drugs (for the kickbacks from big pharma). That is the Hippocratic oath for ya!

    Lucky Cocky Jacky Tuesday, 14 May 2024 01:28 PM

    Totally disagree with this jealousy issue. Respect a proper news without showing your ego. When a man is not properly educated his ego rises way above the sky thinking he can surpass doctor's knowledge and experience

    Pusa Tuesday, 14 May 2024 08:08 AM

    Thank goodness there is no vaccine against influenza. Otherwise a politician will scam another billion rupees on a vaccine (like what Mr Kehelgediya did)

    Gert Jan, the Netherlands Tuesday, 14 May 2024 10:42 AM

    There is. In my country vulnerable people get vaccinated every year before the winter starts.

    Many others Have Medical Challenges Tuesday, 14 May 2024 11:00 AM

    You might be the lucky few who are healthy and doing well. Remember, there are others in society having various challenges and not doing so well. The medical community must provide a few vaccines for us to choose from and it’s up to the individual to take it or not.

    Rani Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:53 PM

    There is a vaccine. In Europe and US vulnerable people take it.

    Wear Fascial Masks Whenever Unwell Tuesday, 14 May 2024 08:30 AM

    Wear facial masks whenever feeling unwell. It will assist in your own recovery and also not spread the infection around your love ones and the public. If an elderly or someone with weak immune system gets terribly sick or passes away due to your selfishness, it will haunt you forever.

    A reader Tuesday, 14 May 2024 11:17 AM

    So true! Unfortunately, many in our country, regardless of age or education status, prefer to exhibit their selfishness and stupidity by not wearing masks because they consider it inconvenient and unnecessary.

    Concerned Tuesday, 14 May 2024 01:31 PM

    Don’t take this warning lightly. Only when you get it that you know how bad it can be. I for one is still recovering from the flu I got early April the cough does not leave you for over a month. Lightheaded feeling dizzy and tired feeling is terrible. Once you get it , takes over 2 months to get back to normal so be cautious

    Go for alternative midicine Wednesday, 15 May 2024 07:56 AM

    All of us want instant cure. What happened to our ancient ayurvedic medicine? They are still valid. We have forgotten All Purpose Ginger. A kilo of Ginger is around Rs.2,000/- All we have to do is, take one square inch of Ginger and press into the soil about one inch deep, it will grow. Even those living in flats have space for at least a flower pot. Are we so rich and lazy, that we depend on Western medicine all the time cursing it?

    Village boy Wednesday, 15 May 2024 10:25 AM

    Yes, Ginger is the cure for myocardial infarction, metastatic carcinoma, systemic lupus erythematosis, cirrhosis, end stage kidney disease, diabetic kidney disease, metabolic dysfunction associated steatotic liver disease, AIDS, PTSD, Dermatomyositis, Covid and most importantly FOOLISHNESS. Thank you sir for reminding us this remedy because it treats allll

    ANNECUNT Saturday, 18 May 2024 07:28 PM

    SUB STANDARD MEDICINE IMPORTED INTO THE COUNTRY BY MINISTERS TO MAKE A PROFIT


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